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Identities of place: Their power and consequences for VET

Falk, Ian and Balatti, Jo (2004). Identities of place: Their power and consequences for VET. In: AVETRA 7th Anuual Conference, Canberra, 17-19 April 2004.

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Author Falk, Ian
Balatti, Jo
Title Identities of place: Their power and consequences for VET
Conference Name AVETRA 7th Anuual Conference
Conference Location Canberra
Conference Dates 17-19 April 2004
Conference Publication Title AVETRA 7th Annual Conference Proceedings: Learner & Practitioner - the Heart of the Matter
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)
Publication Year 2004
Total Pages 12
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract In these times of 'flexible delivery' and the rise of e-learning, the roots grown through people's identification with their physical localities - their places - seem to be increasingly de-emphasised. The power of place certainly includes attachments to these virtual places, which are increasingly significant activities of contemporary life that include e-learning. However, it is the intention of this paper to tease out the strand of work on identities of place which is part of the broader framework on identity in vocational education and training (VET) learning already established by Falk and Balatti (2003). The literature and concepts around place-identity/ies are described, including some related specifically to Australian Indigenous senses of place. Nine examples to demonstrate the importance of place identity to VET and the need for further research in this area are then discussed. Place theory in our view has an enormous and as yet untapped potential to further our understanding and improvement of VET practices. Place theory has considerable relevance in many VET related contexts, not only the Indigenous-specific ones.
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